CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has resigned after more than two decades at the network. Atkinson had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, and outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, according to Politico media reporter Dylan Byers.
I have resigned from CBS.
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 10, 2014
Spokesperson for CBS news Sonya McNair said in a statement
CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.
Byers points out there was a difference in editorial philosophy between Attkisson and the network:
But Attkisson had become a polarizing figure at the network, sources there said. While some championed her relentless dedication to investigations — ranging from defective Firestone Tires to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Obama. (The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.)
Others have suggested that CBS News itself was politically biased: “It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’s lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” a source close to Attkisson said.